What ten movies would you watch (if you only had 10)?

Imagination Connoisseur, Timbula the Spidermonkey, curated a terrific list of classic films he’d take with him if we were to strand him on a desert island. How does your list compare? Leave your suggestions in the comments section, below.

Hello Rob and Elysabeth,

I was going to send this letter to be read on Robservations, then I remembered it was on WINE-ning About Movies that this question was raised, so I guess it gives me a good excuse to finally send a letter to Elysaviews.

A few episodes ago (I don’t remember which one exactly) you asked about which 10 films you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island. Well, I don’t need to be asked twice to compile a list, so here you go: (note: these are not my favourite 10 movies of all time, rather the ones that I could watch over and over again and be entertained by each time)

1. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. This may seem a bit heavy for such a list, but for reasons I can’t explain, I watch this film every year on Christmas Eve. It’s become a tradition and I get just as much out of it each time I watch it.

2. KING KONG. To be clear, of course I’m talking about the 1933 original. There are a few films I grew up on that I watched so many times I literally broke the vhs tape. I could not tell you how many times I’ve watched King Kong, but every time I get to the end, I shed a tear.

3. DAWN OF THE DEAD. I know people who still just consider this a mindless gorefest. Seriously, how? This film has so many layers and has so much to say about consumerism and our almost commonplace views on violence.

4. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS. Another video tape I broke as a child. This is the first movie I remember watching. My dad thought I’d like it so he sat me down in front of the tvs to watch it as a 5 year old. I don’t think a year has passed since then that I haven’t watched it at least once.

5. THE BLUES BROTHERS. Probably the biggest influence on my musical taste is the soundtrack to this movie. Because of this film, I became a fan of Sam & Dave, Taj Mahal, Solomon Burke, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and would expand my interest in Blues and Soul music. This movie makes the list because of the music, but also because it’s such a damn good film.

6. DUCK SOUP. Of course there had to be at least one Marx Brothers movie in this list and I picked this one, not just because it’s my favourite, but also because the musical numbers in some of their films I’m not a fan of. I like the musical sections of this one.

7. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. This film is just so rewatchable. That being said, it’s not my favourite Indiana Jones film. I actually prefer Temple of Doom, but I have to admit, if I was picking one I had to watch over and over again, Raiders would get the nod.

8. WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953). I think I told you before that I wasn’t enamoured with this film the first time I saw it, since I loved the book and wanted it to be a period piece, but the more I’ve watched it, the more I’ve come to love it. I love 50s sci fi, so at least one was going to be picked and it was a tough choice between this, Them!, Earth vs the Flying Saucers and The Day The Earth Stood Still, but I ended up going with this because it’s the most rewatchable.

9. THE AVENGERS. This may not be my favourite comic book film (very close though), but I think this captures the feel of a live action comic better than most others. If I couldn’t have my comic collection with me, this would be the next best thing.

10. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. I was compelled to have a John Carpenter film in this list, since so many of his films I can watch again and again. This one makes the list since it’s a little bit of everything. Part fantasy, part martial arts film, part horror, part comedy, part all out action film.

There are so many I would have chosen, but they were part of a series that I would find it hard to pick just one, like the original Star Wars trilogy or The Lord of the Rings. I was ok just picking one Indiana Jones film, since each one is its own story. Others I love but don’t know if I’d want to rewatch them that often, like my favourite movie of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI.

Well, that’s my list. I’d be interested to hear what other members of the Singularity would pick as theirs.

As always, I’ll leave you with a Groucho Marx quote:

You girls have got everything. You’re tall and short and slim and stout and blonde and brunette……and that’s just the kind of girl I crave!!

Until next time, your friendly neighbourhood Spidermonkey, signing off.

Tim

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